Monday, August 31, 2009

Action Comics Art!

Time for another couple of days of Action Comics artwork!


First up, we've got page 25 from Action Comics 479, by the late, great Curt Swan! Click for super-size viewing options!


More Swan here, from the splash page for Action Comics 482!


Still more Swan! It's page 24 from Action 496!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Argentina Figurines!



You may have started wondering what's up with all the Argentina items I've been posting? It seems that the Argentina manufacturers produced a lot of superhero merchandise there... I don't know how much of it was licensed or not, but I think that the US manufacturers could've learned a thing or two, if you ask me!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Argentina Puppets!



What can I say? They may be very disposable, but I like 'em!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Comics Ads!


I really like the style of this house ad from the May, 1974 cover-dated DCs... with today's better printing, they'd look especially nice!


The "supercase" seen in this May, 1977 cover-dated DC ad will definitely turn up here sooner or later!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Comics Ads!


From the Spring, 1976 cover-dated DCs comes this ad, featuring a lot of cool merchandise! You'll probably see most, if not all of these turn up here sooner or later!


I don't know that I can say the same for this ad that appeared in the December, 1976 cover-dated DCs... I'm pretty sure I have those belt buckles in my photo files, though!


The stickers from this May, 1974 cover-dated DC books ad should definitely turn up here, in one form or another! I'd love it if someone reissued these, as well as the Marvel versions!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Argentina Bottle Caps!

Here's the rest of those bottle caps, as promised!




Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Argentina Bottle Caps!

Here's some cool bottlecaps that I believe were on bottles of Pepsi in Argentina!





More tomorrow!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Shaker Maker and Comic Art!


Our first item today is this cool "Shaker Maker" mold and paint set... something I would've loved to have had as a kid, but would've messed it up entirely when it came time to paint them!


Next up today is page 16 from Action Comics 417, by Curt Swan! There'll be more comic art here tomorrow.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Comics Ads!


This first ad is from the February, 1977 cover-dated DC Comics. Of particular note for this blog is the Feiffer book (one of the first books about comics I ever owned, along with All in Color For A Dime), as well as the Amazing World of Superman tabloid! I've never owned a copy of the latter book... heck, I think the last time I even saw one for sale was in Metropolis, Illinois, about 12 years ago! I wish I'd bought it then... but I probably would've had to sell it years ago when I was out of work...


This Neal Adams-pencilled "Justice for All Includes Children" house ad came from the March, 1976 DCs!


From the March, 1974 DC books, here's a house ad for the Famous First Edition of Action Comics #1! This was the only FFE I ever had as a kid, and I loved it! I still can't believe that some people were fooled by some dealers who took the cardboard cover off this and sold it as an original Action #1... even as a kid, I knew it was bigger than the original!


From April 1978's cover-dated DCs, here's a house ad for two of the Dollar Comics... I loved the concept behind Dollar Comics, but I guess it's probably a good thing for the comics industry it didn't become the standard... can you imagine what they'd be trying to charge for a book that big today?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pepsi Glass and Comic Ad!


This very nice glass was produced in 1976 for Pepsi!


This "Justice for all Includes Children" house ad appeared in the April, 1976 cover-dated DC comics.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Stickers and Coloring Book!


These stickers are pretty nice, aren't they? They date from 1983.


This giant coloring book is from 1982! I've always wondered if it used artwork from the "World's Greatest Superheroes" comic strip, due to what the cover shows!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Action Comics #1 Trashcan!


Here's one view of a trashcan that's pretty cool... what you can't see is that along with the first Superman appearance cover, this trashcan also features the first cover appearances of Batman and Wonder Woman!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Action Comics 282 Pages!

Here's some more pages from that story drawn by Al Plastino from Action Comics 282!

Page 4

Page 5

Page 6

more tomorrow!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Superman Vs. Spider-Man Ad and Captain Action POP Display

Two unrelated items for you today!


First up is this house ad from DC's March, 1976 cover-dated books, trumpeting the first Superman/Spider-Man tabloid!


Our second item today is this Point-Of-Purchase Display for Ideal's Captain Action action figure, a 12" figure made in the 1960s that you could buy costumes for to dress him up as various superheroes!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Action Comics Art!


Man, Superman got accused of murder a lot on the covers, didn't he? The cover for Action 423 was by Nick Cardy.


Next is page 5 from Action 429, by Curt Swan! You can probably guess who was selling this on eBay.


And we're back to Nick Cardy again for the cover of Action Comics 436!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Comic Action Heroes!

What, again with the Mego stuff? Well, yeah.

It's legendary in toy collecting circles how Mego had been first approached by Lucas (or an associate) about licensing this movie coming out called "Star Wars" (yeah, you may have heard about it), but Mego decided they weren't interested, so Lucas went to Kenner, who bit on it, and the rest is history.

You may even be aware that the death knell of the original 12" GI Joe line was due to the rising cost of plastics in the 1970s (the line was transformed to "Super Joe" for a short time, kind of a bendy Joe line), and this was why Kenner made their initial Star Wars line in the smaller scale.

Mego was also hit by the rise in plastics, and they made their own try with a smaller action figure line:... Comic Action Heroes! They later had their Pocket Heroes line, but we'll get to that another day.


Superman wasn't joined by Supergirl or Mr. Mxyzptlk in this line... and no, I have no idea why his insignia was so shiny, either! The line's main focus seemed to be on the "action" part of the name, as there were playsets produced that came with a hand-operated air pump. When you squeezed the pump, something happened... as you can see from the Fortress of Solitude playset:


I find it odd that this came with a Superman figure, because I'm sure a lot of parents ended up buying their child a Superman Comic Action Hero and a Fortress, and their kid ended up with two Supermen! I also find it odd that the Fortress of Solitude came with a meeting table. It seems it was really a Hall of Justice!


The line had one spin-off... the ultra-rare Comic Action Heroes boardgame, which I've only seen offered on eBay once!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pepsi Placemat and Stickers!


From 1978, this placemat, retelling the origin of Superman, was a Pepsi products promotion. Other placemats in the series featured origins of Batman, Flash and the original Captain Marvel (and probably others).


These 1978 stickers were Cracker Jack prizes!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Action Comics 282 Pages!

More of these great Al Plastino pages!

Page 7

Page 8

More of these to come in the very near future!